Pinjarra vet issues snake bite warning

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A Pinjarra vet has advised animal owners to beware of snakes after a handful of dogs were bitten in recent weeks. 

The Pinjarra Veterinary Hospital advised owners to trim backyard grass and “be vigilant” in a Facebook post. 

“Dogs will often try to hunt and kill snakes often resulting in bites to the face and or legs,” the post said.

“Cats, being hunters and chasers of anything that moves are also susceptible to snake bites.

“At the beginning of summer, when snakes first emerge from hibernation, their venom glands tend to be fuller and their bites at this time are much more severe.”

Signs of snake bite include:

  • Sudden weakness followed by collapse
  • Shaking or twitching of the muscles and difficulty blinking
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of bladder and bowel control
  • Dilated pupils
  • Paralysis
  • Blood in urine.

If you believe your animal has been bitten by a snake, please keep calm and take them to the Vet immediately.